Tesla introduces 100 kWh battery option


So that’s it! Elon Musk, as is his wont, teased us with tweets of a new product announcement. Some speculated that it would be Autopilot 2.0, some the new solar roof that he has hinted it.

Nope. It’s a bigger and better battery. The new 100 kWh battery option increases range to an estimated 315 miles (on the EPA cycle) for Model S and 289 miles for Model X. It also makes a quick car even quicker. “The Model S P100D with Ludicrous mode is the third fastest accelerating production car ever produced, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds,” says Tesla. The LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder may be a little faster, but they are million-dollar two-seaters that are no longer in production.

Buyers who have ordered a P90D Ludicrous can upgrade to the 100 kWh pack for $10,000. Existing P90D Ludicrous owners can upgrade for $20,000.

Tesla is also trying out a new wrinkle in marketing, presenting the purchase of the new $134,500 super-sedan as an act of philanthropy: “We want to emphasize that every sale helps pay for the smaller and much more affordable Tesla Model 3 that is in development.”


Source: Tesla

  • Ad van der Meer

    You may want to check the secret master plan part one. The Roadster would pay for Model S and Model S would pay for Model 3. Yes, Model S (and X) buyers help finance the development of Model 3.

    • Bill Davis

      Yes, and it’s the same for every consumer product company…

  • Robert Cattle

    So a better battery? Is this due to the added silicon or a larger tube cell of the 8000+ cells
    Or is it a fewer cells but bigger cells.
    Would be interested to know

    • Ad van der Meer

      More of the same cells arranged in a new, compacter way with adjusted wiring and cool in.

      • Robert Cattle

        Thanks for that info, I didn’t think with the 6 amp cell fuses you could compact the cells closer . As a former battery maker (Saft) and lithium ! It astonish me that the target of over 45,000,000 cells plus a year, can be produced, wired, controlled
        With a ??? Reliability level, even whilst the cells appear to be of variable
        Anode/ cathode materials? Plus silicon or not?
        When we made primary heart pacemaker lithium batteries lithium silver chromate in the 1970,s the reliability was superb but relied on materials purity, especially the lithium.
        Rechargeable are different but the quantities of the ethylene carbonate and even nickel for that volume of production, aiming at a 10 year recharge life, makes my mind boggle!!!

  • Asher Kaufman

    How soon before they use SolidEnergy’s Lithium-Metal batteries?

    • Michael B

      “SolidEnergy plans to bring the batteries to smartphones and wearables in early 2017, and to electric cars in 2018.”


      But the article says nothing about cost, so who knows? Tesla and Panasonic will be making their 2170s at the gigafatory for half the cost of today’s 18650s from Japan, so we may never see SolidEnergy’s batteries in vehicles. I’d say we’ll be in a much better position to guess in 3-5 years.

      • Asher Kaufman

        I also wonder how fast they can be charged. In small devices that isn’t as critical but in a car it is a different matter.